All social media outlets have terms of services. In the rules, they usually address issues such as bullying, threatening people, racism, harassment, etc. If you break those rules, in theory, you should be removed from that social media outlet.
Those rules should apply to everyone unless, of course, they are Donald Trump. If you’re Donald Trump, you apparently can get away with inciting nuclear warfare over Twitter – literally.
In a recent tweet, Trump needled North Korea Dictator Kim Jong-un. He tweeted:
‘North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!’
It’s the kind of tweet you see trending and think is fake. However, it’s not. This is Trump America after all. This is the new norm.
It’s great and all to revel in just how amazingly stupid the tweet is. However, there’s a frightening aspect to the tweet when it sinks in what Trump is really doing.
He tweeted a threat. Granted, it sounds more like a measuring contest of “you know whats,” but it is still a threat. It is a tweet that could incite the rage of an infantile leader of a country with some sort of access to nuclear weapons.
With that being said and all things considered, Trump should have been banned from Twitter long ago. At the least, his tweet should have been removed. However, something should have been done on the part of the people at Twitter headquarters.
However, in a comment made exclusively to The Hill, Twitter representatives said the tweet did not violate their rules.
‘A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to The Hill that the tweet does not violate its terms of service because it is not a “specific threat.”‘
A loophole does exist in the terms of services that basically gives Trump a free pass to say whatever he wants. The Washington Post reported:
‘But even if Twitter considered Trump’s tweet about the nuclear button to be a violation of these rules (we’ll get to that), the social media site has an exemption for “military or government entities,” under the section banning “accounts that affiliate with organizations that use to promote violence against civilians.”‘
Regardless, one organization refuses to accept that as an explanation. In a post on Facebook, Resistance SF posted an image of a projection on Twitter headquarters in San Francisco that said, “@jack is #complicit.”
‘@jack breaks the rules of his own company, Twitter, to amplify a madman and endanger the world. Jack Dorsey must resign or ban @realDonaldTrump”
In the comments, Resistance SF also wrote:
‘Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square, has enabled @realDonaldTrump from his first dog whistles in the birther movement to his latest nuclear pissing contest. @Jack is #complicit. He endangers the world and allows Trump to break his company’s own terms of service to do it. As long as he is CEO of Twitter and Square, they cannot be considered moral tech companies …’
There may be a loophole in the Twitter terms of services, but this goes beyond just threatening to punch your neighbor in the throat because they are revving their ATV repeatedly late at night. This is a flushing of diplomacy down the toilet. It’s an incitement to anger someone who supposedly has nuclear weapons.
When history books tell the story of how America entered into nuclear warfare in the 21st century, Twitter will be mentioned in the pages for sure.
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